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I am an acupuncturist and web developer in Portland, OR.


Jan
21
comment Techniques for safely leaving a bike for 1-2 minutes in a safe-ish place
Taking the front wheel off seems like more work than locking up the bike.
Jan
21
comment Techniques for safely leaving a bike for 1-2 minutes in a safe-ish place
The weight of the lock and time it takes to lock it up is negligible when you compare it to the major PITA that having your bike get stolen would be. Police report, posting "My bike was stolen" flyers, looking around, calling pawn shops, looking for it on craigslist, etc. Plus then you lose whatever money you put into the bike, and have to buy a replacement. Just lock up your bike. Are you really in so much of a rush that you can't take the extra 10 seconds?
May
21
comment What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?
2x on the chain tool. If you mountain bike much, this could save you from a long walk out of the woods.
Mar
19
comment Does helmet padding contribute to the safety of a helmet?
Yes crumples rather than "crumble", is quite similar to smashes.
Mar
18
comment Are road bikes durable for use on roads full of cracks and potholes?
This is my daily commuter, super comfy, fast enough, durable. This bike will make you happy. surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check
Mar
18
comment What to do with old tires?
You could take them to a community bike repair shop. These guys aren't super close to Irvine but maybe there is something similar closer to you. bicyclekitchen.com
Mar
12
comment Uncomfortable SPD pedals
2x on the above. Dialing the preload back so that it is easier to unclip is key. It will make you much more comfortable and confident. You can increase the preload once you feel more comfortable, but unless you are regularly popping out of the clip when you pull up against your shoe there is little reason to do so. Better to be able to get unclipped quickly.
Nov
22
comment Feet on the middle of the pedals
This was why I said that clipless might be the answer, because they essentially turn your entire shoe into a pedal platform. However, I would bet that your frame is too small for you. I'm the same height as you and I feel very comfortable on a 58cm frame. If you decide to look for a new frame you might want to consider something with a more slack geometry. I.E. Has a head tube angle of < 70 degrees. Also the a less vertical down tube angle will move the bottom bracket and thus your feet further forward, relative to your hips. Slack geometry = better stability. Maybe this would work...
Nov
21
comment Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain
Maybe I just need to embrace being wet, skip the rain pants, and towel off when I get home. I do love the shoe covers, they keep my feet toasty warm when it gets really cold.
Nov
21
comment Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain
True, when it really rains you are going to be wet no matter what. I guess I'm looking for a piece of gear that will keep me a little more comfortable when there is light rain, and I'm not worried about getting wet when it super rainy.
Nov
21
comment Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain
Some how I missed this pair of pants when I looked at Showers Pass. They look just right. And yea, it really doesn't matter what you are wearing when it rains 2 in in a day, you are going to be wet. Best you can hope for is warm enough to stay comfortable. Thanks for pointing out those pants hillsons.
Oct
27
comment Why is my front Derailleur not shifting as smooth as it used to?
This Park Manual is super useful if you are trying to learn how to maintain your bike. amazon.com/Park-Tool-BBB-2-Bicycle-Repair/dp/B001B6NAW2/…